‘Avengers’ Video Interview: Sam Jackson on a S.H.I.E.L.D. Movie, Lightsabers & Geekdom

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 7th, 2012 at 10:32 am,

Many fans will agree: Sam Jackson is the perfect Nick Fury for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. We had the opportunity to speak with Jackson at the Los Angeles press event for The Avengers about the following topics:

  • Jackson versus David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury. (0:20)
  • How he views the character of Nick Fury and his relationship with the rest of The Avenges. (0:50)
  • The meaning of Geek and comic books as literature. (2:00)
  • The possibility of a  S.H.E.I.L.D film. (2:30)
  • What toy/prop he would keep from The Avengers. (3:00)
  • Why Joss Whedon is the perfect director for The Avengers. (3:44)

Now, why do I perceive that Jackson is the ideal person to portray the relentlessly determined leader of S.H.E.I.L.D? His name has become synonymous with take-no-prisoners badassery over the past twenty years, and it became clear that he had a penchant for geekery (though, as you will see in our interview he does not describe it as such) when he fought to be a part of George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise.

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It is the combination of Jackson’s inherent sense of command and his genuine reverence for the material that makes him the Nick Fury that we want to see. But as Jackson is quick to point out, he was not the only Nick Fury. I’ll have to add the David Hasselhoff Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D film to my “must-see” list after my conversation with the actor.

Of course there are rumors of a Marvel S.H.E.I.L.D movie, but as more and more information is released on Marvel’s plans for the characters featured in The Avengers (Black Widow and The Hulk in particular) it will be interesting to see how Jackson’s Fury plays into the ultimate scheme of things.

Make sure to check out our previous The Avengers  interviews with:

Please don’t post any major plot spoilers in the comments of our Avengers interview posts. If you want to chat about the film itself head over to our Avengers spoilers discussion.

The Avengers opens in U.S. theaters this Friday May 4th.

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  1. Luv this guy to death!! I would kill to interview him and Tom Hiddleston!!

  2. It’s cool because Sam Jackson is from my hometown, thus Nick Fury is from my hometown. HOW BADASS is that? :)

  3. Anyone who knows anything knows Nick Fury is a white guy. Talk about messing with the integrity of the original…If it’s important to feature black actors in the project, why not bring in The Black Panther or Luke Cage, Hero for Hire??? Heck, even The Vision could be portrayed by a black actor. I’m a life-long comic book enthusiast and I’m a black man. I’m sure I’m not the only person who want the comic book heroes to stay true to their origins. When you make drastic changes to characters, you rewrite history. Is there actually a black Nick Fury comic book in existence?

    • I think the Ultimate version of Nick Fury is black.

    • Dude, for a life-long comic book enthusiast you really need to get an update on the ultimate marvel universe…
      Since 2000, general nick fury is african american with his look and personality tailored after actor Samuel L. Jackson with the actor’s permission…Well if that’s not a tailor-made casting choice I don’t know what it is:).
      Read the Ultimate by mark Millar : one of the best.

    • Yeah… no ;)
      This version of Nick Fury is HEAVILY based on the Ultimate Marvel Universe (where Fury is an African American).
      Plus, the artist who first drew Ultimate Fury, based the looks of the character ON Sam Jackson… so in a way, this role was created for Sam Jackson.

      Plus, in the current Marvel Comics (Battle Scars #006) the “white” Nick Fury is retiring, leaving his son (Nicholas Fury Jr – who is an African American war veteran) to take up the mantle as super-spy SHIELD agent.

  4. Also, i beleive it is in The Ultimates that Nick Fury and Tony Stark are discussing who would play them in a movie and Fury name-drops Jackson. He’s been in line for the role since the ‘Ultimate’ character was developed. Personally i could not see anyone else playing the part better (regardless of Fury being modeled on him)

  5. In Avengers 2, Jackson should switch roles and join the team as Mace Windu. Now that would be awesome.

  6. Wow, Sam the sham…ease back on the crackpipe.

    And take a really big chill pill because the Avengers sucks.
    Out loud!
    Let me emphasize the LOUD and the SUCKS.

    • >:P